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Crop Protection Chemicals Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Herbicides, Fungicides, Insecticides, Biopesticides), By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-567-0
  • Number of Pages: 120
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global crop protection chemicals market size was USD 58.30 billion in 2019 and is anticipated to expand at a moderate CAGR of 3.3% from 2020 to 2027. Greater emphasis on high crop output to counter food security is the key growth driver. The agricultural sector has made remarkable progress worldwide in terms of regulatory interventions for safe farming and overall farming culture and practices. Growing food demand has promoted agrochemical-based institutions to upgrade their product and switch to greener alternatives by investing in research activities. The industry has witnessed companies engaging in commercializing bio-based chemicals from the plant, mineral, bacteria, and animal sources. Biopesticides is one such arena in which the industry has made significant advancements. There are over 1,500 registered biopesticides with over 300 active ingredients considered to have pesticide properties.

U.S. Crop Protection Chemicals Market Size

U.S. is one of the major countries with natural farmlands and over 913 million acres of cultivable land. It is also the largest exporter of agricultural products in North America. The country generated around USD 133 billion in revenue in 2018. Adoption of modern agricultural techniques and increased awareness regarding soil patterns and climate uncertainties are the factors expected to drive the demand for crop protection chemicals over the forecast period.

Rising focus on food security has facilitated the adoption of new techniques for the efficient cultivation of mixed crops and to enhance crop yield. In addition, the agriculture sector has witnessed an increase in awareness regarding the harmful chemicals in pesticides and the need for developing sustainable chemicals through plant, animal, mineral, and bacterial sources, thereby reducing soil pollution and contamination of agricultural produce.

This has resulted in the development of bio-based chemicals for crop protection. The impact is higher in western economies, where the agricultural sector has gone through technological revolutions and farmers are more than aware of the usage of organic compounds but are also willing to invest in such products to secure their agricultural produce.

The future growth of the market for crop protection chemicals highly relies on harmonizing the standards of agriculture globally and the introduction of sustainable farming practices in emerging economies worldwide. Looking at the empirical dataset of global farming and agricultural yields, the demand for food products is likely to witness a considerable rise in the upcoming years, simultaneously leading to a rise in the requirement for crops. These factors are anticipated to result in high demand for pesticides and other crop care products in the global market.

Crop Protection Chemicals Market Trends

The industry has been witnessing increasing regulatory intervention, particularly across European and American markets, where the key emphasis is on reducing the harmful effects of conventional pesticides on soil fertility and contamination of toxins (released from pesticides) on food produce.

Increasing agricultural production as a result of focus on novel farming techniques, and awareness regarding soil preservation by means of mixed farming methods, has enabled the growth and evolutions of crop protection chemicals industry. Constant product innovation aimed at catering to crops specifically, to be a key factor in driving consumption across application areas, most notably in cotton farming.

Regulatory intervention in the form of new legislations and standards, has a tremendous impact on the industry. In that sense, manufacturers have to cope with the introduction of new regulations, by adjusting their operational flow (specifically in the case of regulations pertaining to manufacturing processes) or invest in the development of novel products (in the case of regulations pertaining to production specifications or usage of raw materials), or either put in efforts (either financial or laborious) to comply with such regulatory revisions.

In the hindsight, such regulatory changes have a huge impact on the profitability and the scale of economies associated with production of crop protection chemicals. According to the European Commission on regulatory value, nearly 30% of the value added through regulations are due to redundancy in laws pertaining to compliance, waste disposal, and registration of chemicals. In order to address such redundancies, the European Commission has been realigning the regulations so that regional manufacturers could be more competitive in the global market (as a result of reduced compliance costs). The products, once gaining regulatory approvals, are thereon formulated by companies involved in the agrochemicals business.

BASF is a prime example of a company integrating both their manufacturing & supply operations. Such integration enables companies to improve their supply efficiency, bring-down costs (thereby placing their products in the market at competitive prices), and engage with customers directly. The third factor is of high importance, when looking at cultivating brand loyalty among the customer base and also gaining first-hand insights into requirements arising from these users.

End-users (farmers) typically decide on crop protection chemicals based on the following key parameters: Pricing, promise of performance/specification standards, customer support, and local availability of product

Since, reoccurring customers are profitable for crop protection chemicals’ marketers, aftersales support and services are of paramount importance for companies/suppliers in order to secure their customer base.

Due to the relatively lower concentration of crop protection chemicals companies when compared to the overall value chain of agribusinesses, it can be understood that bargaining power is highly inclined with these companies.

Product Insights

Herbicides registered the highest share in the crop protection chemicals market, with the rising usage, particularly that of non-selective herbicides, growing across various aspects of the agricultural sector. Glyphosate, atrazine, and 2,4 D are among the commonly used active ingredients. Recent advancements in the development of non-selective herbicides have also garnered their demand in clearing wastelands, and industrial and construction areas, for weed control.

However, there is a fresh surge in the need for other crop protection chemicals, such as nematicides and acaricides. Although the category is a niche in nature, awareness regarding better protection of crops against worms, ticks, and mites, not just during cultivation but also in the storage and transportation of farm produce, is driving their demand. Therefore, the market is expected to gain traction over the forecast period.

Insecticides was the second-largest product segment, valued at USD 28.22 billion in 2019. Insecticides are broadly utilized during staple crop cultivation, as they are highly attacked by insects. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has evolved over time, which led to farmers being less reliant on insecticides to protect the yields. However, in emerging economies of South America, Middle East, and parts of Asia, the demand for insecticides is likely to remain high due to the high cost associated with IPM practices.

Application Insights

Cotton is one of the majorly produced crops in India, China, and U.S. These countries have consistently registered increasing yields and production volumes over the past decade. In 2018-19, cotton production in these three countries was recorded at 13,269 thousand metric tons. Rise in the cultivation of cotton is expected to positively influence the demand for crop protection chemicals.

Crop Protection Chemicals Market Share

There is also a considerable need for these chemicals in the cultivation of cereals and grains. The consumption of crop protection chemicals was valued at USD 24.47 billion in 2019. The shrinking farmlands and rising emphasis on the cultivation of food crops have boosted demand. With over 800 chemicals already registered to be applicable for protecting yields worldwide, global companies are putting efforts into developing novel products that surpass the international industry standards and are declared safe to use considering customers, environment and farmer safety. Fruits and vegetables coupled with cereals and grains account for the largest market share on a global scale and demand high amount of these products to suffice high requirements from the farming community.

Regional Insights

North America was the leading market with a consumption of 11.20 million tons in 2019. The region comprises multiple agriculture-based economies and is home to several multinational agricultural companies, especially in U.S. The agrarian economy of the region is driven by fast adoption of technological advancement by the farming community coupled with a range of regulatory frameworks monitoring positive growth. In the course of time, the industry is likely to pick up pace due to sustainable cultivation practices and rapid product development.

Europe is characterized by a centralized and standardized regulatory environment in the region. It has traditionally been a frontrunner in terms of engineering crop protection solutions and advancing agrarian practices across the globe. Biopesticides are the major product category owing to growing regulatory support and rising involvement from local government agencies.

Crop Protection Chemicals Market Trends by Region

Asia Pacific is one of the largest consumers of crop protection chemicals globally. The presence of emerging economies, such as India, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand has propelled the regional demand. Development in economic conditions has paved way for advanced technological interventions, especially in Western Asia. India and China have established themselves as powerhouses for various agriculture produce and are also part of the high export community in the region.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Major companies operating in this space include BASF, Syngenta, Bayer Crop Science, Corteva, PI Industries, Cheminova, and Hansen. Multinational corporations in the ecosystem have sophisticated supply networks established either through third-party distributors or in-house supply channels. Companies are investing significantly in the production of active ingredients to develop a significant level of integration in both product development and manufacturing levels of the chain.

The key set of end-users are farmers and farming co-operatives. The fundamental part of the value of crop protection chemicals is based on raw material procurement, R&D activities, and regulatory approvals. Companies engage in extensive R&D to formulate higher specifications of pesticides. These chemicals are subjected to a plethora of regulations involving registering of chemicals, codes of practice, environmental and health impact, laboratory evaluation of the product, and controls on the use, storage and transportation.

Crop Protection Chemicals Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 60.18 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 75.54 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 3.3% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Volume in kilotons, revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Segments covered

Product, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; U.K.; Eastern Europe; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Indonesia; Thailand; Australia; Brazil; Argentina; South Africa

Key companies profiled

BASF; Syngenta; Bayer Crop Science; Corteva; PI Industries; Cheminova; Hansen

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Global Crop Protection Chemicals Market Segmentation

This report forecasts volume and revenue growth at global, regional, and country level and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global crop protection chemicals market report on the basis of product, application, and region.

Global Crop Protection Chemicals Market Segmentation

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Herbicides

      • By Product

        • Selective

        • Non-Selective

      • By Active Ingredients

        • Glyphosate

        • Atrazine

        • 2,4-D

        • Others

    • Fungicides

      • By Active Ingredients

        • Chlorathalonil

        • Sulfur

        • PCNB

        • Maneb

        • Others

    • Insecticides

      • By Active Ingredients

        • Malathion

        • Carbaryl

        • Chlorpyrifos

        • Others

    • Biopesticides

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Cereals & Grains

    • Oilseeds & Pulses

    • Fruits & Vegetables

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • U.K.

      • Eastern Europe

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

      • Indonesia

      • Thailand

      • Australia

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

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